“Swing” is out now via Strangers Candy
Francis – “Swing”
Stand-alone single out now via Strangers Candy
Listen to and embed “Swing”
Listen to Marathon via Spotify // Apple Music // Deezer // Tidal
As premiered on Stereogum
“a dreamy take on the early days of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s an easy listen that feels like nostalgia washing over you” – Stereogum
The Swedish quintet Francis has been active on the Swedish indie scene for more than a decade now, slowly making their mark as one of the most interesting acts around. Following the acclaimed This Must Be Blood EP in 2012 Francis released their long-awaited, second full-length and international debut album Marathon in 2016, co-produced by the band and Nicolas Vernhes (Daughter, The War on Drugs, Deerhunter, Björk, Dirty Projectors etc.), via Strangers Candy.
Francis was originally formed back in 2006 as a punk-y interpretation of American folk, out of the local DIY scene in their hometown of Mora, in the Dalarna region of Sweden. Now based in Falun, only vocalist Petra Mases and drummer Petter Nygårdh remains from the early days, later joined by guitarist Jerker Krumlinde, bassist Paulina Mellkvist and Oskar Bond on keys.
Francis self-released their debut album Lekomberg, We Were Kin in 2011, and followed by the This Must Be Blood EP the year after. Marathon was the first release from the current incarnation of the band and is now followed by the stand-alone single “Swing” with more new music on the way.
Lead singer Petra Mases on “Swing”:
“When you go from being in your most youthful Holly Golightly-self to put yourself in some sort of seriousness, the gloominess will rinse over sooner or later. This is what Swing is about, the wave that comes with all the memories. There is no valuation, nothing to change, just memories from what once was. Suddenly ten, twenty, thirty years has passed. What happened there?
Francis has been a big part of my life for the last 10 years, and over the years so much has changed, both our music and how we work. Suddenly you’re a mother of three and the rest of the band has different lives, and sometimes I’m afraid it’s going to stay there, at the thought of a band. But suddenly again, it works for everyone, we manage to meet up and we’ve written and recorded a new song in a couple of hours, and it’s so damn funny and you’re making dirty jokes again and feel like a cool and worthy person again. Francis has a unique ability to make me fun and invincible in the true sense of a 20 year old.”
“Swing” is out digitally worldwide via Strangers Candy. The track is recorded, mixed and mastered by Erik Berglund.
Press for Marathon:
“sublime alt pop” – Clash
“ethereal and elegiac […] It’s a lovely song” – BrooklynVegan
“sailing melodies and crystal clear hooks presents the group at their most effortlessly engaging” – The Line of Best Fit
“vivid, widescreen indie pop that lopes along on the strength of crystalline guitar textures and achingly pretty vocals” – Under the Radar
“a marathon in the making, but one worth running for” – Drunken Werewolf
“lovely, lush piece of dream-pop” – Ja Ja Ja